A New Zealand Reading Scheme
A structured and fun way to teach reading
The SPEC Reading Scheme is a New Zealand scheme.
It has been designed to use with students who are struggling to learn to read. This ‘fun’ approach has a highly
structured framework, in which students learn 100 common sight words in the first set of six books. Word learning has
picture association and along with word games and a workbook, students learn sets of words before receiving the
The first story book Spike, contains just 20 sight words. The story books come in an A5 format and contain 32 pages.
There is a workbook for each of the story books too, so students read the learned words in simple sentences and
respond to an instruction, introducing simple comprehension exercises.
In the first six books the vocabulary is carefully chosen to include instructional words, common everyday words, and
words that are needed to construct a story.
The highly structured activities and control of vocabulary ensures that students develop the self confidence and
motivation needed for students who have experienced ‘failure’ probably several times over, and are now reluctant
to try again.
Finally the pictures on the word cards and the illustrations in both the workbooks and reading books are original,
current, exciting and focused on New Zealand with a story line that amuses young children and adults alike, so the
materials are not related to any specific age group or indeed reading age.
Click on each book cover to read
about the stories